The Boston Celtics showed great resiliency by beating the Golden State Warriors and defending champions Thursday night at TD Garden.
After trailing behind by 11 points in the second half, the Celtics showed the stuff they are really made of to force overtime and come out victorious with a 121-118 win over the Warriors.
Celtics now have eight consecutive victories, but the Warriors, are now plunged to 5-18 away from Chase Center this season.
The Golden State Warriors beat the Celtics in Game 6 to claim the 2022 NBA championship and for the first 53 minutes of the game, it felt like a replay of the former game in 2022 with lots of bad moves from the Celtics, particularly from Jayson Tatum, with poor shooting and poor offense.
However, the Boston Celtics’s Jaylen Brown was able to turn the game around with a 3-pointer with 18 seconds to go in regulation and their surviving a frenetic finish to overtime, managed to end with a 121-118 victory.
“Their intensity, their force where they came, that’s a game I’m sure they wanted to win. We were down, what, five to seven [points] in the fourth quarter, four, five minutes left. To be able to have poise to battle back, that shows a lot of growth. We’re taking steps in the right direction”, said Jaylen Brown.
Horford was the Celtics’ second-highest scorer with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He also brought down 10 boards.
Robert Williams can stand as the MVP of the game after dominating with seven offensive rebounds (11 total). The Warriors had seven offensive boards as a group.
He also tallied 14 points. The Celtics had 22 second-chance points to the Warriors’ 14, as well as 52 points in the paint to Golden State’s 30. They outrebounded the Warriors, 63-47.
The Celtics will seek to extend their winning streak to nine games when they clash with the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.